Family Matters: 15 Fall Family Traditions
Saturday, September 29, 2012
We savor, share and pass along these traditions to our children through our activities, storytelling, recipes, photographs, videos, or saved mementos.
A list of our Fall favorites
- Apple picking at Hills Orchards
- Make apple pie and applesauce, and our new favorite carmelized onion and apple pizza
- Collect leaves, flatten between books and make leaf prints
- Pick our pumpkins at Four Town Farm
- Make our Halloween costumes, host a small Halloween gathering. We used to watch the film, It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown. Now that the kids are older we watch Frankenstein (1931) with Boris Karloff and Dracula (1931) with Bela Lugosi.
Creating your own traditions
I love hearing what and how other families celebrate this time of year. Over the years I have asked readers to share their favorites. Here’s a sample below – feel free to borrow, incorporate or pass along.
- We go to peace events
- We vote together
- Pack away summer seashell display and replace with autumn treasures; acorns, pine cones and leaves
- Can fruits and vegetables from the garden
- Select and tag a Christmas tree
- Write a poem about fall
- Create a tree from craft paper, hang in hall wall and each day a family member adds a leaf for something they are grateful for
- Donate and bring to a needy family a complete turkey dinner (with pie)
- During a holiday gathering, “Interview” an older relative with your child to hear his or her version of favorite traditions and celebrations
- Create a family recipe book and encourage others from different generations to contribute
What are your favorite traditions this time of year?
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